Burnt body of Vihiga teacher found in his house

Monday September 09 2019

Daniel Ingoro, a teacher at Hobunaka Secondary School in Vihiga at a past event. He is said to have committed suicide by setting himself ablaze on September 8, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY


Police in Vihiga County are investigating a case in which a burnt body of a secondary school teacher was found in his house on Sunday.

County Police Commander Hassan Barua said Mr Daniel Ingoro, a Biology and Geography teacher at Hobunaka Secondary School due for retirement in six months.


Mr Barua said the teacher divorced his wife 40 years ago and never remarried.

Hobunaka Secondary School head teacher William Sunguti said the school is in shock.

He said Mr Ingoro, who was due to retire in February next year, prayed for the school after a staff meeting on Friday.


"After the prayer closing a staff meeting, he prayed and left for home. He did not show any signs of depression," said Mr Sunguti.

He described the teacher as a reserved man who shared his issues with only a few people.

Vihiga branch Kuppet Executive Secretary Nebert Isambe said: “It is unfortunate we have lost our member, there are speculations that he took his life, we urge teachers to share the challenges they are facing."


The Kuppet official described Mr Ingoro, who recently lost his mother, as a quiet man who was perfect at his job.

On Monday evening, the family protested reports by the police indicating that the teacher set himself ablaze.

A relative wondered why the police rushed to brief the media.

"They (police) were in a hurry to brief the media yet they are still collecting information from the family," said the relative. 

County commander Mr Hassan Barua hand indicated that investigations were ongoing.

 "Once we are done with investigations, we will forward the file to the DPP for directions," said Mr Barua.